MIM (Multi-Purpose Internet Mail Message File)

The MIM Misc file format

MIM files are commonly used by e-mail programs like Microsoft Outlook, Apple Mail and Mozilla Thunderbird to store information that has been MIME encoded. Typically, MIM files include the following information: The type of content of the message, the mime type and the method used for encoding the data. MIM files can either be sent separately or as part of the e-mail itself. Usually, the files are decoded by the e-mail program used for sending. However, other encoding programs can decode the MIM file as well.

Technical details of MIM files

The content of a MIM files comprises of 8-bit data and other kinds of characters including but not limited to ASCII. All kinds of 8-bit content is supported, such as files that have been attached to e-mails. That sets MIM files apart from other saved email messages that only contain 7-bit data in text form.

More information about the MIM file format

File extension .mim
File category Misc
Associated programs Apple Mail (Mac)
Corel WinZip (Windows)
KMail (Linux)
Microsoft Outlook (Windows & Mac)
Microsoft Outlook Express (Windows)
Mozilla Thunderbird (Windows & Mac)
Smith Micro StuffIt Deluxe (Windows & Mac)
Useful links More about MIM and MIME encoding
Developer Internet Engineering Task Force